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Oil painting: Windflower

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16 by 20 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard
16 by 20 inches, oil on gessoed hardboard

Here’s the finished piece. The white flowers are anemone, also known as windflower. According to the Oxford English DictionaryGreek anemōnē means “daughter of the wind”. This painting was inspired by a trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. Working on it really brought me back to that space, in that spectacular sunlight.

It will be over in the etsy shop shortly – click on the painting to check it out there.

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Back at the easel

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I am back from a great weekend at the Fountain Square Art Festival. A big “thank you” to everyone who stopped in at my booth and shared thoughts, advice, and conversation. I hope those of you who bought paintings are enjoying them. And thank you, Uncle Bob and Aunt Judy, for helping me pack everything up—in the rain—AGAIN! You are so good to me :).

I’m catching up on graphic design work and other projects, but am also full of ideas and energy for new paintings. The Glenview Summer Art Fair is coming up at the end of July. Here’s an in-progress shot of a painting I hope to bring. I toned the board with transparent red earth, and while it was still wet I used a clean brush to wipe out the lightest areas of the painting and locate the basic composition. Then I went back in with indigo blue, darkening the shadow areas. I’m working from several photos I took at the Chicago Botanic Garden. I love this stage of painting. So much energy and potential, and nothing to lose.

Oil Painting: Branch with Apple Blossoms

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16 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson
16 by 8 inches, oil on hardboard, ©2015 Deb Anderson

Whew, busy week. Spring is flying. A branch of apple blossoms soaks up the sun. The red pink buds unfurl to palest pink white. I have a beautiful frame in this unusual size sitting in the studio, and have been trying to think of a painting to put into it. I might update with an in-frame photo, but I’ll give this branch a few days to dry first.

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Oil Painting: Crocuses

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6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard,
6 by 6 inches, oil on hardboard

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Oil Painting: Amaryllis

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10 inches square, oil on hardboard, ©2014 Deb Anderson
10 inches square, oil on hardboard, ©2014 DAnderson

This amaryllis has been a very welcome sight through January and February.

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Oil Painting of Lily Collage

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9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, by Deb Anderson
9 by 12 inches, oil on hardboard, © 2015 Deb Anderson

My daughter was recently showing my how to make a collage, and I got really into it. Shredded flower catalogs everywhere! When we were finished I wanted to do a painting based on mine, so here it is.

Oil Painting: Horsetail

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12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard
12 by 24 inches, oil on hardboard

Horsetail – I think that’s what this striped grass is called. I’ve seen it growing on dunes and riverbanks in Illinois and Michigan. I had a lot of fun making different textures and types of marks in this painting, thin and thick paint, layering and glazing, and then at the end trying to get the different areas working together.

According to Wikipedia:

Equisetum is a “living fossil” as it is the only living genus of the entire class Equisetopsida, a family of vascular plants that reproduce by spores rather than seeds, and which for over one hundred million years was much more diverse and dominated the understory of late Paleozoic forests.